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chewy chocolate cherry bars

Several years ago, I met Peggy Segundo, founder and owner of Zinc Beauty, when I asked her to do my makeup for anView full post »

Mini Herb Bed for Fall Cooking

By the end of the summer, most of our flower beds and gardens have dried like a grape found under a car seat. I myselfView full post »

Texas T

I SOMETIMES ALWAYS FIND IT DIFFICULT to feel as though I look beautiful when Brian walks through the door at 5:30 everyView full post »

Guest Blogger-Patrizia Montanari

One month prior to launching this site, I decided to use a little bribery as a way to increase subscribers. My first ofView full post »

Summer Sangria

SEVERAL YEARS AGO, my sister gave me a funky plastic pitcher and wine glass set for my birthday. As soon as I saw it, IView full post »


MY DEAR FRIEND, Alli, fell in love with Napa Valley on her first trip there in 2005. She loves it for the same reasonsView full post »

Lavender Honey Ice Cream with Cinnamon Red Wine Syrup

MAYBE ITS BECAUSE I DON’T BAKE–too much measuring–but one of my favorite dishes to serve for dessertView full post »

I can’t do this without you

I RECENTLY COMPLETED a wonderful Bible study by Jennie Allen called Stuck. It’s about places in our lives that weView full post »

Fairy Gardens

OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, fairy gardening has become a popular trend among…adults. Why do grownups loveView full post »

Backyard Wedding

When my Aunt LuAlice consented to marry her long time beau, Armand, it seemed only fitting that she would wed in myView full post »


ITS STRANGE TO ME that the first time I attended the symphony was this past May. I love music and love gettingView full post »

Lavender Ridge Farm

DOWN A DUSTY COUNTY ROAD 8 miles east of Gainesville lies Lavender Ridge Farms, a 150 year old farm that growsView full post »

Daddy’s Favorite Bible Verse

IN HONOR OF FATHER’S DAY, I decided to write about my father’s favorite verse from the Bible. When I askedView full post »


I’LL BE HONEST. My cooking has been complemented, a lot. And I love receiving complements. However, sinceView full post »